Carrot Ginger Dressing にんじんドレッシング

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Many Japanese restaurants in the U.S. serve a salad with either Sesaeme Dressing or Carrot Ginger Dressing (にんじんドレッシング).  While sesame dressing is more creamy and mild, this carrot ginger dressing is light and refreshing with a kick of ginger.

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The recipe is really simple and takes just 10 minutes to prepare, but you need to have a food processor or blender to achieve nice smooth texture for the dressing.  For the authentic taste, try to use rice vinegar because it is much milder in flavor than other vinegars.  I used white miso in this dressing, not red miso or awase miso (combination of white and red miso), because white miso is also more mild and doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors in the dressing.

Check out this quick video on how to make Carrot Ginger Dressing.  Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy this refreshing dressing!

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Carrot Ginger Dressing
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1 (50 g, 1.8 oz) carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1/16 (28 g, 1 oz) onion (about 1 Tbsp. when minced), sliced
  • ¾ inch (8 g, 0.3 oz) young/spring ginger, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. white miso
  • ½ tsp. sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
    Carrot Ginger Dressing Ingredients
  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor.
    Carrot Ginger Dressing 1
  2. Puree until carrot, onion, and ginger are minced and blend until smooth. If you prefer the dressing to be lighter, add water (I don’t usually add any water).
    Carrot Ginger Dressing 2
  3. Store the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Young/spring ginger tastes milder than regular ginger. If you can only find regular ginger, adjust accordingly.

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  1. Oh Nami thank you so much for this. I’ve looked atound and haven’t found a recipe. This is perfect and just what I’ve been looking for. You’re a gem! Hope you had a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing your new backdrop.

  2. Oh my, I have been wanting to know how to make this Carrot Ginger Dressing for so long. I finally found the right recipe. I’m sure this will be great on all the salads for spring and summer. Thanks for sharing the video and the recipe, Nami. Have a good week ahead!

  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and healthy dressing. I can imagine the combination of sweetness from the carrot and the special flavour and zest from the ginger. Definitely makes a great salad dressing.

  4. Yui N

    Already tested it out for dinner tonight. The freshness makes it even better than what you eat at restaurant. Thanks so much!

  5. Kimmi

    I’ve always wondered about this dressing that so many restaurants serve with their salads. Thanks for sharing the recipe! It looks super convenient to make, and the color is gorgeous. I’m definitely sending this recipe to my mom, who happens to love this kind of dressing flavor. =)

    • Hi Kimmi! Thank you! I hope your mom will like this dressing. It requires basic ingredients/condiments, so yeah it’s pretty convenient. Thank you for your comment! :) xo

  6. The flavours in the dressing sound delicious though I think I’d just add 1/2 of a grated carrot to the rest of the dressing as I like a thinner dressing on my salads.

    • Thank you Eha! Now I wonder – maybe this dressing is only popular in Japanese restaurants in the U.S. (we have this in Japan too). 😉

    • Hi Natalia! I’m happy that you checked out the video. Thank you so much! We work harder to improve our videos… :) Thank you for finding my site and following! :)

  7. Mae

    I was looking for a Japanese dressing to go with my simple meal of salad, spam musubi and gyoza. Just happened to see your post for the carrot dressing and decided to try it out. I don’t have a food scale, so I just used a medium carrot, a quarter of a regular white onion and fresh ginger and followed your recipe for the dry and wet ingredients.

    My dressing came out looking a bit thicker than I anticipated. Perhaps due to the larger carrot or too much onion. I saw your note to include water for a lighter dressing, but opted to add a little bit of vinegar and oil and it came out perfect.

    This salad dressing recipe is very unique and do look forward to use it in salads when pairing with Asian entrees.

    Thanks again for posting these recipes that are simply delicious and easy to prepare.

    • Hi Mae! What a coincidence! I think 2/3 of medium carrot would be good. It was hard for me to say how big is the carrot so I put the weight just in case. :) But I’m glad you figured out and adjusted at the end! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you for writing feedback, I really appreciate it! :)

  8. Hubby and I love that dressing. I have been looking for homemade dressing recipes, instead of enjoying store bought dressings. This is going on the must enjoy list for sure. Your recipe sounds hearty and so delicious! Hugs, Terra

  9. Maybelle

    Hi Nami! Last weekend, I went to a humble Japanese cafe in Melbourne, Australia with great set meals (teishoku). Their salad had this dressing, which was flavoursome. My friend asked what the dressing was and I said that I had never had it before or seen it when I lived in Japan. I’m so glad to know the secret ingredients to such a delicious dressing! It is always so good to learn more about Japanese food, even when I think I’ve eaten most Japanese dishes.

    • Hi Maybelle! Ohhh so glad to hear it’s popular in Australia too! We do have it in Japan; but considering the popularity, sesame dressing is WAY more popular. Carrot dressing is considered as one of “healthy” dressings. :)

  10. I’ve had sesame dressing, but never a carrot ginger dressing. I’ll enjoy pretty much anything with ginger, so I’m guessing this will be delicious! I love how it brightens up the salad too. Beautiful. Have a wonderful week Nami!

  11. Salad sauces are such an infinite category… Even without thinking of specific recipes, I’m sure that we all make at least five different versions. I have already heard somewhere about this dressing but have never tried it. It does look very unusual and original. Is it also popular in Japan? (On the other hand in Japan few people eat leaf salads with a dressing, the way we do in the West, or maybe I’m wrong?). Anyway, it looks delicious and I’m sure it would be fantastic if made with young ginger AND young carrots we already have here.
    Congratulations for the table!

    • Hi Sissi! Compared to the popularity for Wafu Dressing (Japanese dressing) and Sesame Dressing, this is not as popular. But we do have it, and some people make it at home, or buy the bottled ones. It’s rare to see this dressing over the salad in restaurants in Japan, I think. :)

      Thank you about the table! I have to drive 1.5 hour (each way) again to pick up that table soon… 😀

  12. Alexandra

    Oh Nami this recipie makes me so excited! I love the carrot ginger dressing on salads at Japanese restaurants and can’t wait to make it at home.

  13. I’m all over this one Nami! I love making my own salad dressing and I love the simple sesame dressing that dress the salads at Japanese restaurant. I don’t remember having had this dressing, but I will shortly. It would be hard to use much more than lettuce as the salad. I wouldn’t want the salad ingredients to compete with this dressing. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. this dressing sounds like it is perfect on the salad but could be useful in so many other types of dishes like drizzled over bruschetta or in pasta or in a coleslaw or something. it looks divine

  15. I recently came across a recipe similar and I so wanted to try it. Now seeing your recipe… it looks even better to me. I am trying to eat my salads so I’m in search of tasty dressings. :)

  16. Sarah

    Hi. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Like to seek yr advice.
    I have awase miso which I use for miso soup. I don’t want to buy white miso just like to try this recipe.
    Can I use awase miso to replace white miso. And do I use the samr porpotion?

    • HI Sarah! I understand. :) Each brand of miso tastes differently (especially salt level), so please adjust according to your miso and use awase miso for this recipe. Try adding 1 tsp. at a time. It adds complexity and bold flavor. Hope you enjoy! :)

  17. Ohh…so this is what is served on my salads! I can never tell what it is! Whenever I get a salad in a Japanese restaurant and it`s served with this dressing, I never knew the name even though I always love it! I love how simple refreshing this dressing is, Nami!

  18. Dear Nami-san, this is a great little recipe so easy and quick and perfect timing for the start of spring. I can usually find both regular and spring ginger here in HK, so that is a very good thing. I just visited your sesame dressing recipe too as my boys really that as well. Have a super weekend. BAM

  19. I’ve always wondered how to make this dressing every time we try it – I’m so excited that you shared with us how to make it at home :) I love the refreshing flavors in here – can’t wait to try this :)

  20. Your carrot ginger dressing looks and sounds refreshing and beyond yummy….I would love to try this in a kale salad or perhaps shaved brussels sprout/fennel dish. This is a perfect summery dressing and definitely a keeper! Thanks Namiko!!!!

  21. Hi Nami,
    Been admiring your new website layout and your wonderful recipes, photos and videos. Saw this carrot ginger dressing recipe and thought it’s what I’ve been looking for. Hope to try this out soon, thanks!

  22. Hey Nami! Tried this today since I had a bunch of carrots at home and it turned out really well. By the way, I passed by this restaurant here in Toronto called Nami – made me think of you :). I’ve yet to try it out, but looks like a pretty nice authentic Japanese place.

    • Hi Divya! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, and I’m glad it turned out well. :)

      Oh, you didn’t know that I have a restaurant in Toronto? He he… just kidding! That’s so funny you found a Japanese restaurant that’s my name! It’s not super common, but Nami is one of common girls name. Thank you for thinking of me! xo

  23. miu miu

    Thank you Nami this is exactly what I am looking for! Tried it today finally and it turned out great! Very yummy and very much like the ones I had at the restaurant. Thanks for sharing your great recipes! Very enjoy your website and have tried a number of your recipes already. They are very easy to follow and tasty! Hope you will release an app soon because I’d love to buy it! :)

    • Hi Miu Miu! So glad to hear you liked the dressing, and thank you so much for writing feedback on this post! I’m also happy to hear you enjoy my recipes! Thank you for following my blog and for your support! xo :)

  24. Devon

    Thank you for the recipe for this awesome dressing. I could not unravel the ingredients and just came home from my favorite sushi restaurant with a quart of their carrot ginger dressing. I am going to be so happy to be able to make my own. We love the clean taste on veggies.


    • Hi Devon! Each restaurant makes it slightly different, but I hope this dressing is similar to the one you like! Thank you so much for the comment! :)

  25. Jo

    Hi Nami, can I just know the brand of the food processor that you used for this recipe? I currently have different blenders for various types of paste and they are definately taking up too much space in the kitchen. Yours looks like a all-in-one, which is awesome!
    Anyways, this recipe taste great, tried it over a dinner and everyone loved it!
    Thanks in advance~

    • Hi Jo! I’m happy to hear you and your family enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for your kind feedback. My food processor/blender is from Cuisinart ( I am okay with it, but I am looking for a bigger food processor since this one is a bit too small for some of the food I make. :) But I’ve been using this for the last 10 years! :)

  26. Genus

    Dear Nami, thank you so much for this awesome recipe! I’ve just made the first batch of your carrot ginger dressing and I’m already addicted to it! So fresh and balanced taste!
    I want to say all your recipes are so beautiful and easy to follow and I’ve started to read back in your recipe archive and I enjoy your blog so much!
    And also, as I’m learning japanese language, it is really fantastic to read all the background details of the japanese food and tradition, and to learn new japanese words, and last but not least, your incredible inspiring posts about japanese culture, history and all these beautiful places I hope I can visit someday, too… Your blog is really essential to me!!! Thank you so much!

    • Hi Genus! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this dressing! It’s simple and healthy dressing and we love it too! Thank you so much for taking your time to go through my archive posts! It’s wonderful that you are learning Japanese. Hope I can introduce more about Japan and its culture on my blog. Hope you get to visit Japan one day. Japan is waiting for you! :)

      Thanks again for your kind feedback and sweet words about my blog!